2018 was a record year for Boyden Thailand, in search assignments and income. Some believe the best ever in our history. But hey, we have been in Thailand for 35 years, that’s a lot of history and numbers to remember. Continue reading “What my friends think I do – what do you think?”
As the days go by, no one returns your calls, when no one cares to reply to your emails; once again you curse the idiot of a boss who let you go from your most recent job. The guy who told you the company could do without you. Aaarrgghhh.
As you climb the ladder in the organization, as you move up the pyramid towards the top, as you get bigger responsibilities and tougher challenges, as you also consequently enjoy a bigger pay cheque, so will the risk of being at the wrong place at the wrong time suddenly become very real. Continue reading “Sometimes we recruiters forget that looking for a job is the hardest thing”
What the interviewer really should be doing instead was asking questions, then listening to what you have to say about yourself and your work experience. You came for a job interview not to listen to a marketing presentation. Continue reading “Dealing with an interviewer who won’t shut up – blah blah blah!”
Why is this fact not keeping all business executives up at night? Most have their heads buried in the sand and are seemingly unaware or ignoring the challenges that lie ahead. Continue reading “Get your staff pipeline ready for the war for talent”
Or have you suddenly and unexpectedly found yourself between jobs? Perhaps fired, cut from the payroll but still a family to take care of? Or at best, you called it quits yourself?
Welcome to the Club either way. The question is, how do you avoid being a permanent member of this Club of Wannabes? When I look back at 15 years of headhunting candidates for management positions in Thailand, I have learned the following: Continue reading “Looking To Change Career? Avoid These Job Switch Killers”
You must have heard the saying that a first impression can make or break a business opportunity or relationship. That includes anything from meeting customers, pitching your business to new clients, to dating for a romantic partner, and of course very much to job interviewing. Continue reading “How you should dress for the job interview?”
Are you one of the many employees in Thailand who willingly accepted a non-compete clause in your employment agreement? Or perhaps you were forced to accept a non-compete as a condition for getting the new job?
In more and more countries around the world, the non-compete clause is illegal or it comes with a lot of restrictions. But unfortunately not yet in Thailand where employers can still demand that an employee cannot take work with a competitor for years. Continue reading “Do you have a non-compete clause in your employment agreement?”
Your CV is a personal Career Balance Sheet; like the Balance Sheet or Income Statement used in Accounting. The CV lists absolutely everything you have done since kindergarten, primary school, the first job to the current; it can include dates, periods, all training activities or articles, publications. You name it. It can stand the toughest of audits. Continue reading “Your CV is too long”
Forbes ranked 250 recruitment and executive search firms in 2017, the first ever such list. Boyden was in the Top 10.
In their new ranking for 2018, yes, Boyden is still there in the Top 10. Other great firms in the Top 10 include Korn Ferry, Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, and Spencer Stuart. Continue reading “Who are the leading executive search firms according to Forbes?”
If you think that recruiters help you a find a job, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you: Executive search firms and recruitment companies find candidates for jobs – they do not find jobs for candidates. May I say, don’t shoot the messenger please (read: me).
When you call or email a recruiter, and ask if we can help you find a job, we can only do so if one of our clients has a job opening that matches your experience and skill set. Recruiters have to be focused on their clients’ needs. That is how the business works. Continue reading “8 reasons why you should hang-up when a headhunter calls”
If you want to know why recruiters in corporate Talent Acquisition departments and recruitment firms are considered in the same undesirable league as unscrupulous real estate agents and sleazy second-hand car salespeople, be ready for a blunt wake-up call.
Candidates complain to me that way too many HR people, Talent Acquisition departments, and Recruitment firms do not keep them updated on the hiring process. I just came out of an interview with a senior manager who took a day off to meet the multi-national industry leader about a big job; this meeting took place two months ago. Since then, no email nor phone call, no feedback or update what so ever. Continue reading “Lack of feedback to candidates by today’s HR and recruitment professionals is quite appalling”
My old boss told me: “If you hang around the night club until past midnight, waiting and waiting for that spectacular love-at-first-sight individual who would sweep you off your feet, you would most likely end up going home alone “.
In any hire, you must find a good balance, and make a trade-off if necessary, between three things; they are: Continue reading “Perfect Hires Don’t Exist”
So this is how it works at that particular McDonald restaurant; you go to a touch screen kiosk, click the food and beverage you want. You use your mobile phone to pay… then pick up your hamburger that has been grilled to perfection by a McRobot.
I was recently the key-note speaker at an event for the Young Professionals of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce. I was talking about how the YP’s could possibly compete with the robots in the future job market.
What does McKinsey and World Economic Forum say Continue reading “How you can compete with robots in the future job market”
Perhaps the most important thing you must get right, to leave a good first impression, is to get your greetings right. Whether you are a candidate coming for an interview or a sales manager trying to impress a prospect customer.
But which one I may ask? It could be a wai if you are Thai, a bow if you are Japanese, la bise (cheek kiss) to good friends if you are French, or a firm handshake if you are American.
Screw it up and not getting your handshake, wai or bow correct, spells trouble ahead.
Handshake, wai or both? Continue reading “How a wrong handshake will eliminate you as a candidate”
Once upon a time, Tom Sorensen, was an ordinary candidate who experienced almost every job search faux pas in the book. Today, he’s an accomplished search consultant with over 35 years’ experience and recognized as one of Thailand’s top recruiters.
If you’re looking for real advice from someone who’s been on both sides of the table, then look no further and visit the links below! Continue reading “Once upon a time, Tom was an ordinary candidate”